Each day leading up to the 2018 NFL draft, I’ll break down one of my top 50 prospects. In some cases, we had to make tough omissions because of injuries, poor pre-draft workouts or incomplete information. For more complete scouting reports on all the prospects, check out the Pro Football Weekly 2018 Draft Guide, which is available for order now.
31. Georgia OG Isaiah Wynn
6-foot-3, 313 pounds
Key stats: Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following the Vanderbilt game in 2017, when Wynn helped lead Georgia to a dominant rushing performance (423 rush yards).
The skinny: Top-150 prep recruit received offers from 28 schools, but the Tampa-area native chose to leave his home state and commit to the Bulldogs. He stepped in right away as a reserve lineman in 2014, playing in 11 games as a true freshman (including one start as an extra tight end).
Wynn won a starting job as a sophomore at left guard in 2015, starting the first eight games of the season there before sliding out to left tackle for the final five games that season (which the Bulldogs won all five). After left tackle Tyler Catalina transferred in from Western Carolina, Wynn was shuttled back to guard for the 2016 season. He started 11 games at left guard (missing one game with injury) but kicked back out to left tackle in the Liberty Bowl victory over TCU.
As a senior, Wynn went back to left tackle and was named second-team All-America and first-team All-SEC selection in 2017. He started all 15 games (including the Rose Bowl semifinal and the national championship game). Wynn attended Senior Bowl and was one of the week’s standout players there, despite having shoulder surgery immediately afterward. That prevented Wynn from working out at the combine and his pro day.
Upside: Highly athletic and fluid. Good quickness. Sinks his weight well. Footwork is excellent, especially in the run game. Nice, sneaky power. Strong technician. Can play either guard spot, kick out to tackle in a pinch or be used as an extra blocker in heavy sets or unbalanced lines. Versatile and selfless. Carries a warrior’s mentality. Takes a workmanlike approach to his craft. Called for only one penalty last season.
Good-to-very good pass protector who recovers well and can make up for others’ mistakes. Gains position quickly and adjusts well to stunts, twists and blitzes. Pitched a shutout in one-on-one drills (which typically favor defensive players) at the Senior Bowl — 10 wins, zero losses. Suffered torn labrum in November vs. Kentucky and performed the remainder of the season and in Mobile with a shoulder that required surgery a few days after the Senior Bowl. High threshold for pain.
Highly efficient as a run blocker. Terrific, clean performance vs. Bama in championship game — handled Da’Shawn Hand, Rashaan Evans, any other blitzers the Tide threw at him. Here’s Wynn turning out the quicker Evans in space and paving the way for a first-down run on a 3rd-and-10 draw in the two-minute offense just before halftime:
Was key cog in protecting freshman quarterback Jake Fromm and leading the way for one of the nation’s best rushing attacks. An OL coach we spoke to after the combine said Wynn was very impressive in interviews, tape breakdown and whiteboard work.
Downside: Measured with 8.5-inch hands — some of the smallest that certain NFL teams have ever registered for an OL prospect. Short, squatty build pretty much restricts Wynn to guard, even with average arm length. Some teams believe he still needs to improve his lower-body power. Can he win inside like he did outside? Past experience suggests he can, but burly defensive tackles might give him a little more trouble in tight spaces.
Draws a lot of stalemates — doesn’t dominate opponents as much as he does impede their paths to the ball. Will catch defenders, absorb contact and can do a better job of punching and replacing his hands — shoots his hands too wide at times.
Watch here in the Rose Bowl as Wynn (No. 77) is beaten to the spot by Oklahoma DE Amani Bledsoe, who gets underneath Wynn’s pads and walks him back. As a result, Sony Michel has to redirect his run (and he eventually fumbled on this key fourth-quarter play that turned into a Sooners scoop-and-score):
One team we spoke to said Wynn could stand to take better angles working to the second level at times (although we didn’t notice that in the four games we viewed). His health requires a medical signoff following shoulder surgery that could prevent him from participating in some offseason NFL activities.
Best-suited destination: Ideally, Wynn fits in as a left guard in an athletic front and could be a Day 1 starter. His versatility to play multiple spots (potentially all five if given time to work there) also makes him a valuable performer for teams that prefer to keep only seven active blockers on game days. Among the teams that could be highly interested in Wynn’s services include the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints.
Quotable: “He was explosive and athletic when we saw them. Combos were good. Quick to the second level. Their entire front was really good. They played at a noticeably higher level up front than the [offensive lines] I’ve seen in recent years.” — SEC defensive line coach
Player comp: Joe Thuney
Expected draft range: First-round pick
50. Oregon RB Royce Freeman
49. South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert
48. LSU DE-LB Arden Key
47. Ohio State C Billy Price
46. Alabama S Ronnie Harrison
45. Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph
44. Texas A&M S Armani Watts
43. South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst
42. UCF CB Mike Hughes
41. USC RB Ronald Jones II
40. Maryland WR D.J. Moore
39. UTEP OG Will Hernandez
38. Stanford DT Harrison Phillips
37. Ohio State DE Sam Hubbard
36. Stanford S Justin Reid
35. Oregon OT Tyrell Crosby
34. SMU WR Courtland Sutton
33. Penn State TE Mike Gesicki
32. Colorado CB Isaiah Oliver